Well, Hello there!  I haven’t stamped or blogged in quite some time – several months.  If I tried to relate all that has gone in these past few months, I’m pretty sure you’re head would be spinning.  Suffice it to say, it’s been CRAZY.  Nonetheless, there was no way I was going to miss the birthday festivities at Taylored Expressions – the NINTH BIRTHDAY!  What???  I can hardly believe it!

I’m happy and privileged to play along today and tomorrow with the TE Creative Team.  There are so many wonderful stamps and dies being released tomorrow (Thursday, September 7th), that it was hard to decide where to begin.  I always love making sets of cards, so I decided to start with one of my very favorite sets of the release – the sweet and simple Laurels.  I created a set of four cards.

laurels group Jami (Medium)

I decided I wanted to use TE Peapod cardstock along with Toffee (looks a little purple in this photo – sorry – it’s totally kraft/toffee) and creamy Buttercream. I also used the new Mocha ink along with some Peapod ink.  Stitched Circles TE Dies in two sizes were used to cut the circles and I chose two embossing folders: Garden Party and Braided.  I played with several different embellishments with some vintage trim and ribbon from my stash along with die cutting leaves and a flower from felt.

Here are individual photos (where the color is a little more true):

laurels birthday Jami (Small)

For this one, I stamped on a piece of buttercream attached to the card front and popped the embossed layer with the circle window up on foam tape.

laurels sympathy Jami (Small)

Here I used the stitched circle that was cut out of the panel in the card above to stamp my Laurels on. The circle is popped up on foam tape.  I prefer to keep sympathy cards super simple, so I just added a little trim and nothing more.

laurels love Jami (Small)

A little color was added to the stamped images with Zig Watercolor pens.  The flower embellishment was die cut from felt.

laurels thinkng Jami (Small)

I was happy to use all four of the laurel images in the stamp set.  There are a total of seven sentiments, so you have a great variety for almost any occasion!  These cards could be done super quickly with this minimal amount of coloring.  They could also be done easily with no coloring – just picture them embossed in gold or copper!  I just love this set.  If you are considering making card sets for Christmas gifts, I would highly recommend this stamp set!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to see everything the team has to offer by following the links posted on the Taylored Expressions Blog.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a yummy autumn card!

Jami signature (transparent)

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